National Eating Disorders Association

When I think about what it takes to recover from an eating disorder, it is really many things working together … it is not just getting treatment, being motivated, or having a good support system. Recovery is a recipe, and community support can be a big part of that recipe. Events like the Twin Cities NEDA Walk provide those in any stage of recovery (and their families and support systems) a chance to get together and cheer each other on with hope and inspiration.

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I hold tight to the railing of the Brooklyn Bridge walkway as I lean my body against it, sheltered beneath the woven suspension of brick and iron rods. I close my eyes in the exhale of the wind and listen to the rustlings of the early Sunday morning. I anchor myself in this peaceful solitude, thinking of all the bodies that have travelled these paths, of the many people who know what it feels like to be suspended over restless waters. In a few weeks, the serenity of this bridge will be very different, and I will no longer be standing alone.

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When my beautiful daughter was diagnosed with severe anorexia in 2013, I was gobsmacked. I came up with a hundred irrational rationalizations and alternative reasons for her severe weight loss. But, soon enough our new reality sank in: this was serious and this was not going away quickly or easily. 

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Our NYC NEDA Walk is this Sunday, October 5th, 2014! Check-in begins at 9AM, with the opening ceremonies starting at 10AM, and the walk time ending at 12PM We will be starting at Foley Square and walking across the Brooklyn Bridge to prove that recovery is real! We hope to see you all there, and have been getting some great responses on our Twitter feed @NEDAstaff, under the hashtag, #WhyINeedAWalk.

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What an amazing turnout we had at this year’s Los Angeles NEDA Walk in sunny Santa Monica, California! As I take a while to pause and reflect on all of the time and energy that was put into preparing, sharing and executing this inspiring and emotional event, I am sad that it is now over, but I am also ready and preparing to have an even bigger and better time for next year’s event.

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Anorexia, Alcohol, and Liver Damage

Anyone else struggle with this or have experienced it?
I'm finding myself in a difficult place where im really seeing the horrible effects of eating disorders, self medicating, and depression.
All thoughts are appreciated :)

Older ladies battling anorexia?

Any other women in their 30's or older here?
I am in my 30's and have been battling over 20 years.